French journalists on Monday demanded the release of Algerian reporter Khaled Drareni, who was sentenced to 3 years imprisonment over his coverage of an anti-government demonstration in March.
The anti-government demonstration was organied by Algeria’s Hirak opposition movement and the reporter is due to be tried on appeal on Tuesday.
Drareni, an Algerian journalist reporting for the French TV channel TV5Monde, is also a member of Reporters Without Borders (RFS).
He was arrested on March 7 during a protest organised by the Hirak movement, which has been calling for changes in the country’s political system since 2019.
On Aug. 10, the government sentenced the reporter to three years of prison for “undermining national unity” by his reports on the opposition movement.
“Mobilisation in front of the embassy of #Algeria television presenters in Paris for journalist Khaled Drareni, a correspondent for RSF, sentenced to 3 years in prison for covering the demonstrations of #Hirak,” the RFS tweeted on Monday.
Drareni has also been the subject of a major international solidarity campaign called #WeAreKhaled.
The RFS said earlier in August that the situation regarding press freedom has deteriorated in Algeria, which the organisation put in 146th place out of 180 in its World Press Freedom Index 2020.
The Hirak opposition movement has carried out a series of protests since February 2019 to prevent the country’s former president, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, from trying for a fifth presidential term.
The demonstrations, also referred to as the Revolution of Smiles, led to Bouteflika’s resignation in April 2019 and have been calling for democracy in Algeria.
Edited By: Fatima Sule/Emmanuel Yashim
‘Watchmen,’ ‘Schitt’s Creek’ rule at virtual Emmys with pandemic and political twists
Media family saga “Succession,” dystopian drama “Watchmen” and feel-good comedy “Schitt’s Creek” dominated the Emmy Awards on Sunday in a show sprinkled with jokes about the coronavirus pandemic, political jibes and appeals for racial justice.
“Hello, and welcome to the PandEmmys!,” said host Jimmy Kimmel, opening the show, where most celebrities took part remotely from their sofas and backyards dressed in a variety of gowns, hoodies and sleepwear.
“It seems frivolous and unnecessary to do this during a global pandemic,” Kimmel said as he opened the live show from Los Angeles.
“What’s happening tonight is not important. It’s not going to stop COVID. It’s not going to put out the fires, but it’s fun.
“And right now we need fun. … This has been a miserable year. It’s been a year of division, injustice (and) disease,” he added.
HBO’s “Succession,” the wickedly juicy tale of a fractious media family, was named best drama series, while Jeremy Strong won best actor for his role as a downtrodden son. “Succession’s seven-Emmy haul included writing and directing.
In one of the most pointed acceptance speeches of the night, “Succession” creator Jesse Armstrong made a series of what he called “un-thank yous.”
“Un-thank you to the virus for keeping us all apart this year. Un-thank you to President Trump for his crummy and uncoordinated response.
“Un-thank you to (British Prime Minister) Boris Johnson and his government for doing the same in my country.
“Un-thank you to all the nationalist and sort of quasi-nationalist governments in the world who are exactly the opposite of what we need right now,” said Armstrong.
HBO’s alternative-reality show “Watchmen,” infused with racial themes, won for best limited series, while actress Regina King won for her lead performance as the show’s kick-ass police detective.
“Watchmen” was the night’s biggest winner with a total of 11 Emmys, including technical awards handed out last week. HBO was the biggest overall winner, with 30 Emmys, followed by Netflix with 21.
“Watchmen” creator Damon Lindelof dedicated his Emmy to the victims and survivors of the 1921 massacre of the Black community in Tulsa, Oklahoma, which partly inspired the series.
Several celebrities, including King, presenter Sterling K. Brown, and “Mrs. America” supporting actress winner Uzo Aduba, wore Black Lives Matter-themed tee-shirts or urged viewers to vote in the Nov. 3 United States elections.
“Schitt’s Creek,” a sleeper hit on the small Pop TV network about a wealthy family forced to live in a rundown motel, won a total of nine Emmys.
“It also won best comedy series as well as acting awards for Canadian stars Catherine O’Hara, Eugene Levy, his son Daniel Levy, and Annie Murphy.
The coronavirus pandemic meant no red carpet and no physical audience. Instead, producers sent camera kits and microphones to all the nominees, scattered in 125 places around the world, who chose how and where they wanted to be seen.
The “Schitt’s Creek” winners got their trophies delivered to them in a restaurant-style setup in Ontario, Canada, by a person dressed in a custom hazmat suit, designed to resemble a tuxedo.
The biggest shock of the night came when former Disney Channel actress Zendaya, 24, was named best drama actress for playing a teen drug addict in HBO’s “Euphoria,” beating presumed favourites Laura Linney (“Ozark”) and Jennifer Aniston (“The Morning Show.”)
“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” was named best variety talk series for the fifth successive year, and the British comedian accepted wearing a red Liverpool soccer shirt in honour of his favourite British team.
Edited By: Emmanuel Okara)
Former BBNaija housemate Ozo appreciate fans for love, support
Former housemate of Big Brother Naija Reality Show TV Season 5 “Lockdown”, Ozoemena Chukwu a.k.a Ozo, has expressed gratitude to his fans for their love and support in the house after his eviction.
The former housemate, who took to his Instagram page @officialozo_ to appreciate his supporters, also stated that if he had not made them proud, they should understand that he is a human that could slip up here and there.
He added that his fans gave him chance to excel while he grabbed it with both hands and eyes on the prize.
“In life, we are given to make a difference and Big Brother Naija was that platform for me.
“You gave your all to see that I made it this far and truth is you all, my family, the Superions in particular are the reason why I made it this far and I’m forever grateful.
“While I count on your support going forward, I hope that I have made many of you proud, maybe not.
“In any case, please understand that I am human and bound to slip up here and there, rest assured that I will pick up and make the most of everything that is laid ahead of me.
“Thank you to the #BBNaija organizers for treating me like a king.
“Thank you [email protected] and all sponsors for taking care of me for 9 weeks.
“To everyone who stood by me, I am very grateful.
“Thank you for your patience.
Thank you for your understanding.
Thank you for praying for me.
Thank you for standing by me and most importantly.
Thank you all for investing in me.
“You have given me a chance to excel and I’m grabbing it with both hands and eyes on the prize.
“I am Ozoemena Joseph Chukwu and I promise to give my best in the service of humanity.
“God bless you all,” he wrote.
The News Agency of Nigeria ( NAN) reports that Ozo’s eviction was announced during the live show on Sunday Sept. 20 by the show host, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, who said at least one or more of the nominated housemates would be evicted.
He is the second of the four nominated housemates to be evicted in the nineth week of the show.
Ozo and Trikytee were the two housemates to be evicted while Laycon and Dorathy were declared safe.https://nnn.ng/former-bbnaija-housemate-ozo-appreciate-fans-for-love-support/
Emir of Zazzau: We’ve lost a father – Tijjani Ramalan
Dr Tijjani Ramalan, Executive Chairman of Liberty TV and Radio has described the death of Dr Shehu Idris, Emir of Zazzau, as a great loss not only to the people of Zazzau Emirate and Kaduna State, but Nigeria as a whole.
In a condolences massage he issued on Sunday in Kaduna, Ramalan also described the late Emir as a father, leader and a nationalist.
He said , “I and the Liberty Family received with a heavy heart but total submission to the Will of Almighty Allah the passing on to the glory of our dear King and father, the Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris
“The history of Kaduna State, Northern Nigeria and indeed our great nation Nigeria cannot be written without a mention of the valuable contributions of His Royal Highness to peace and security,”. he said
Ramalan prayed Almighty Allah to forgive the shortcomings of the late Emir and grant him Aljanah Firdaus, and give the people of Kaduna state the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.
Edited By: Maharazu Ahmed
United States Embassy in Afghanistan warns of extremists’ Attacks on women
The United States Embassy in Afghanistan has issued a security alert for its citizens, warning about an increased risk of attacks on women by the extremist organisations.
“The United States Embassy in Kabul warns United States citizens that extremist organisations continue to plan attacks against a variety of targets in Afghanistan, including a heightened risk of attacks targeting female government and civilian workers.
“Others including teachers, human rights activists, office workers, and government employees,” the diplomatic mission said in a statement.
At the same time, it did not specify which organisations could carry out the attacks.
The intra-Afghan peace talks started in Doha on Saturday after the Afghan government and the Taliban movement successfully completed a long-awaited prisoner exchange arrangement.
The talks are now expected to pave the way for a peace process and withdrawal of foreign troops from Afghanistan after almost two decades of war and insurgency.
Edited By: Fatima Sule/Emmanuel Yashim